Old Fort Bayou Road about to get a safety makeover - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Old Fort Bayou Road about to get a safety makeover

Work to improve safety along Old Fort Bayou Road should being in the next few months, once all of the property is acquired. Work to improve safety along Old Fort Bayou Road should being in the next few months, once all of the property is acquired.
ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) -

Every morning and afternoon, a dangerous vehicular ballet is performed on Old Fort Bayou Road near the St. Martin Schools. Sheriff's deputies try and make everything go smoothly. 

That process will be helped along, because Jackson County supervisors have voted to begin buying property that will be needed to widen the road, among other things.

"We're going to realign that curve on the southern end and it's actually going to take that bad 90 degree turn out of the road and put a signal there and make a traditional intersection at Yellowjacket and Old Fort Bayou Road," District 4 Supervisor Troy Ross explained. "It's going to greatly enhance safety out there."

What will also be enhanced is the safety of something even more precious. 

"U and down this road, you have approximately 3,500 students in the three schools, from St. Martin Middle, St. Martin Upper and St. Martin High School traveling back and forth every day," Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Michael Van Winkle said. "So anything we can do improve the safety of those students arriving and leaving every day would be very important to us."

The dangerous conditions on Old Ford Bayou Road not only affect thousands of school children and the parents who drive them to school, but also the people who live nearby. Many of those neighbors have witnesses the carnage on the road for years. 

"In the 15 years I've been here, I've seen about 40 different accidents, within the curve right here and right up beside the curve here," homeowner Mitchell Jimerson recalled.

"This is a dangerous road," said Chris Lawrence, who also owns a home on the road. "It's supposed to be about 30 or 35 miles and hour, but they go 50 or 60 miles an hour down here and along the houses. They won't allow the people to even come out of the driveways, you know." 

The first phase of the project will cost close to $2 million, and should take about a year and a half to complete. Work should being in the next few months, once all of the property is acquired.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Why we issue Alert Days

    Why we issue Alert Days

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 1:19 AM EDT2017-05-23 05:19:37 GMT
    Rain on Tuesday morning (5/23/17)Rain on Tuesday morning (5/23/17)

    When the WLOX First Alert Weather Team issues an Alert Day for South Mississippi, it is because we believe the  weather will impact your day. The current Alert Day is because of the high rainfall totals we have seen with the potential for more rain. In fact, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Tuesday evening.

    More >>

    When the WLOX First Alert Weather Team issues an Alert Day for South Mississippi, it is because we believe the  weather will impact your day. The current Alert Day is because of the high rainfall totals we have seen with the potential for more rain. In fact, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Tuesday evening.

    More >>
  • Cloe's Story: 'I was tired of being miserable. I didn't feel comfortable as a boy'

    Cloe's Story: 'I was tired of being miserable. I didn't feel comfortable as a boy'

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:20 AM EDT2017-05-23 04:20:06 GMT

    With her mom's support, Cloe, who was born Sidney, began her outward transition to become female. She made the decision her junior year in high school, and did it rather quickly.

    More >>

    With her mom's support, Cloe, who was born Sidney, began her outward transition to become female. She made the decision her junior year in high school, and did it rather quickly.

    More >>
  • Family of fallen service members invited to dedication of Gold Star Marker

    Family of fallen service members invited to dedication of Gold Star Marker

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:19 AM EDT2017-05-23 04:19:15 GMT
    Members of the Ocean Springs Garden Club standing next to the newly installed Gold Star Marker. (Photo source: Ocean Springs Garden Club)Members of the Ocean Springs Garden Club standing next to the newly installed Gold Star Marker. (Photo source: Ocean Springs Garden Club)

    If you have a family member who has died in service to our country you're invited to attend the dedication of the newly installed Gold Star Marker at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. 

    More >>

    If you have a family member who has died in service to our country you're invited to attend the dedication of the newly installed Gold Star Marker at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly